A Japanese student who went missing in the Kaimai Ranges last night has been found this morning by rescuers.
The 39-old year alerted police by cellphone just before 5pm yesterday and was found by rescuers just before 4am.
The woman became lost in the ranges, which separate the Bay of Plenty from Waikato, near the North Henderson Tram Line, after taking a wrong turn and becoming disoriented while trying to retrace her steps.
Tauranga Police Search and Rescue and Tauranga Land SAR volunteers spent 11 hours searching for the student, police said.
The Tauranga Trustpower TECT Rescue Helicopter also searched the area for the woman after nightfall, using Night Vision Goggles, but was unable to locate her.
She did all the right things after becoming lost, Sergeant Craig Madden said.
"She stayed calm and once she found a location with cellphone coverage, called police for help," he said.
"The search and rescue members who found her said 'she would give Bear Grylls a run for his money'."
Despite the woman doing the right things after she lost her way, Sergeant Madden said there were a few things she could have done before she set out.
"Although she did the right things after she was lost, she should have left an intention trip card with a friend or in view in her car and trampers should always take sufficient supplies in case of emergencies," he said.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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